Friday, 20 April 2007

God Without Religion: Questioning Centuries of Accepted Truths by Sankara Saranam

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God Without Religion is a book like no other I have read. Sankara Saranam introduces us to an age-old approach to spiritual inquiry and does it in a way that makes it easy for anyone to understand and embrace, regardless of their belief system. The author opens our eyes with many difficult questions but whereas other books feed the reader answers, this one guides and teaches us to open up and look inside ourselves, think for ourselves and come to our own conclusions.

The author discusses religion and God in a refreshing way. While he makes it perfectly clear that organised religion stifles the intellect and often causes more problems than it solves, the reader cannot miss the message that he is a greatly spiritual person who believes in seeking out the answers from ourselves.

I loved that in this book, right from the start, the reader is encouraged to learn about all religions, to read any and all religious texts and join discussion groups where we can learn from people in all walks of life. I love that he shows us that only if we can be truly open to all ideas, can we then connect with humanity on a more meaningful level.

In a time where so many wars and battles are often started because of religious beliefs and where past events such as the holocaust have occurred for the same reason, helping people to empathise and connect with one another in this way is simply brilliant and if more people actually read this book and take on some of it's advice it would be easy to imagine the world improving greatly, given time.

I know personally, this book has changed my own outlook a great deal already and I will be reading and referring to it again and again. In addition to the very clear and concise information I got, regarding religion itself, I also got a great deal of insight into how to be a better person for me. How to have more confidence, how to stop blocking the positives from my life and a wonderful guide in learning to relax/meditate/focus more. It certainly changed my outlook and is by far one of the best books of this genre.

Highly recommended.

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